For the sake of the Scribus practice, I too have been tinkering with
disc sleeve designs. I also felt that the copy that's been used for the
last few releases could do with some updating and friendlifying.
I am indebted to Alexander for posting his designs. Up until a few hours
ago, I felt there was something missing from mine, and have shamelessly
stolen the overlay and front logo, and moved the front details from the
bottom-left over to the right as a consequence of incorporating these
Links first, then some reasons for my choices.
Sources in the same directory
As Jef noted, the copy was a bit technical. I've tried to speak more
plainly, limiting jargon to quotations of items easily seen on screen.
In contrast to Máirín, I think it's better to have a little too much
text on the back (I've actually added an item) than leave some people
confused about what to do with the thing—I'd be happy to see suggestions
that use fewer words without sacrificing clarity though.
But I agree about the need for organisation, and brevity, at least
within each item. To that end, I've limited each to two lines, and moved
the requirements up with the instructions, which seem to logically go
together. This creates some separation between the URLs (which I felt
clashed as they have been rather close previously) as well. And, as Jef
also mentioned, this arrangement keeps left-aligned and centred blocks
The colour block of Alexander's designs becomes a band in mine, helping
to give the Join URL and small print clear homes.
The other reason I've used a band rather than a lower-third is to show
off as much of the wallpaper as possible.
I've repurposed the overlay colourisation too, with Fedora Blue for
32-bit, and Fedora Dark Blue for 64-bit. The different desktops already
have logos for recognisability; this colour scheme helps quickly
distinguish the architectures too, and avoids having to broaden the
palette for the sake of other desktops and spins.
Looking back at previous designs, I liked the version number arrangement
of the F11 sleeve, so have drafted that in. (Like Misha, I thought
"fedora" should precede "14".)
A bit more about the copy:
I've changed "media" to "CD". To people like my parents, "media" is
newspapers and television, a CD is a "CD". I know there's the argument,
"But you can burn the image to a DVD too!" However, the instructions on
the back say you can use a CD drive. For this to be true, the disc must
be a CD. So let's just call it a CD.
I'm still not quite satisfied with my copy for the installation DVDs,
but I'll be thinking about it through the day, and, in any case, I'll
post what I have before the meeting tonight.
----- Original Message -----
>From: "Bryan Nielsen" <bnielsen1965(a)gmail.com>
>To: "Fedora Design Team" <design-team(a)lists.fedoraproject.org>
>Sent: Monday, October 4, 2010 4:52:11 PM GMT +01:00 Amsterdam / Berlin / Bern / Rome / Stockholm / Vienna
>Subject: Re: [Design-team] Proposed Icon for Ticket #99
>Here are some renderings of the new icon...
as Nicu already mentioned, scaling the high resolution icon down isn't going to work. As you see on all the gnome-icon-theme plates, we create pixel perfect variants for the small sizes. Even if it's SVG for editability, the artwork needs to properly align to the pixel grid to render sharply.
Here's a few links about scalable icons and pixel perfection --
I don't think the metaphor is a strong one. I gave it a little thought and think a flip switch + menu panel would work best for this -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakubsteiner/5051667578/. It is a little abstract and lacks a unique silhouette, but communicates this being a boot menu editor better than the overused computer + refresh arrows.
>I used some source SVG files from the gnome themes for the computer
>screen behind the arrows and I chose the largest screen in the source
>file to work with. There were several smaller screens in the same
>source file and I'm wondering if I should have used one of the smaller
>screens to get a better rendering for a small icon.
Indeed, the workflow goes like this - create the highres, scale it down for 48x48, remove all the detail that won't render. Get rid of all the mask tricks, put 1px strokes in place. Make sure everything snaps to the pixel grid (snap to bounding box in inkscape). Once 48x48 is down, repeat for smaller sizes. Once done, edit the icon name and context in the baseplate layer, hide the baseplate layer and render the icon with `./render-icon-theme.py icon-name`
Feel free to drop by at #tango on irc.freenode.org or #gnome-art on gimpnet where there are a few capable icon artists that can help with specific issues you might encounter.
Hey design dudes and divas,
We're on for a meeting tomorrow in #fedora-design. Here's a rough
agenda; if you have interest in any of the items below please feel free
to comment here on list before the meeting:
- Fedora 14 remaining tasks - we are so close :)
- DVD/CD label & sleeve artwork due next week
- Release party posters due Oct 25 (~ 3 weeks)
- Final wallpaper due Oct 15 - do we want to do times-of-day animated
wallpaper for it?
- Final release banners
- Countdown banner
- This has been the most awesome release ever in terms of design work
& deadlines, thank you all!
- Fedora 15
- release name announced this Friday, get ready :)
- New websites - review works-in-progress at
- any ideas for post F14 changes / additions?
- Recruiting new designers post-F14
- Open floor
The meeting will be in #fedora-design on freenode, 1900 UTC.
Here's the time conversions for some folks (if you want your time
conversion added to these meeting reminders, let me know your timezone
Luya: 12 PM
Tatica: 3 PM
Martha: 3 PM
Máirín: 3 PM
Onyeibo: 8 PM
fabsh: 9 PM
wonderer: 9 PM
Martin: 9 PM
Nicu: 10 PM
Pierros: 10 PM
Slán go foill,
As recommended on the Fedora Project wiki concerning interest in
contributing I joined the mailing list and am now sending an
Most of my artistic experience is more from a technical background,
creating diagrams, dimensional drawings and models, factory equipment
and facility layouts and models in the semiconductor manufacturing
industry. I have recently been experimenting with Inkscape to generate
various icons, logos, and presentation media and as a long time fan
and user of RHL, Fedora Core and now Fedora Linux I am interested in
contributing to the project if my skill level is at an acceptable
As an example of my current Inkscape skill level I created the Fedora
Logo at the following link using Inkscape and the logo specifications
on the wiki page...
I also contribute to Open Clipart with my new found skills...
I reviewed the nightly composes and all of the spins are building OK at
this time. The Design Suite appears to be oversize (at least if it is
targeting CD size).
I am not sure if any more work needs to be done with the Meego spin naming.
I still have it as pending trademark stuff.